March 28th-April 6th, 2019
Thursday, March 28th - Evening departure for Rome from your chosen gateway city.
Friday, March 29th - Morning arrival in Rome where you will be met for the transfer to our city-center hotel. After checking in, you’ll have time to unpack, relax, and begin to explore your surroundings before we meet up for dinner at a traditional Italian restaurant. Overnight: Rome
Saturday, March 30th - We begin our day with an excursion to Vatican City with a local guide. This very small state—109 acres in the heart of Rome—contains some of the world’s great art treasures, from magnificent gardens to the glories of the Vatican Museum, Michelangelo’s sublime Pieta, and the Sistine Chapel. The afternoon and evening are free. Overnight: Rome
Sunday, March 31st - A completely free day to explore this glorious city on your own. Overnight: Rome
Monday, April 1st - We depart this morning for Florence stopping by the walled city of Assisi on the way. Continuing on to Florence, we’ll check in at our hotel, with time to relax before meeting for dinner. Overnight: Florence
Tuesday, April 2nd - This morning a local guide takes us on a half-day guided tour of the city, characterized by the towering Duomo, which even today dwarfs the rest of the city, and the lovely old Ponte Vecchio spanning the Arno. The afternoon is free for individual exploration and the evening is free to dine at a local restaurant. Overnight: Florence
Wednesday, April 3rd - This morning, we’ll take an excursion to Pisa, one of the oldest cities in Europe and world famous for its Leaning Tower and its Baptistry. We’ll return to Florence for a free afternoon and evening. Overnight: Florence
Thursday, April 4th - Leaving for Venice, we stop along the way in Bologna and Padua. The capital of Emilia-Romagna and one of Italy’s richest cities, Bologna is riddled with arcaded streets that have remained wonderfully intact, all 21 miles of them. Padua, rich in medieval and Renaissance art, was once the most active patron city of the arts in the entire Veneto—Giotto, Uccello, Lippi, and Donatello all left their mark here, and its university, founded in 1222, counted Galileo among its professors. Continuing on to Venice, we’ll check in to our hotel and join up for dinner at a Venetian restaurant. Overnight: Venice
Friday, April 5th - We’ll begin our half-day guided tour with a visit to the Doge’s Palace in glorious Piazza San Marco. In the afternoon you are free to wander the streets, or take a vaporetto to one of the nearby islands—Murano (glass), Burano (lace), or San Michele (the cemetery island). If you’re curious about gondolas, float back to the hotel after your explorations. Overnight: Venice
Saturday, April 6th - A morning transfer by water taxi takes you to the airport in Venice for your flights back to the USA.
$3,980 per person based on double occupancy
8 nights’ accommodation in first class hotels
All ground transportation as detailed in the itinerary
Breakfast daily, 3 dinners
Discover Europe tour guide, Sara Cereda, throughout and local guides as needed